Stockholm-site stealing from my computer
Tuesday, May 12, 2009 2:29:31 PM
No worries, they quickly made a redirect on their page, sniffing out those pesky Opera users and sent them to a warning page.
The Site StockholmGamlaStan (StockholmOldTown) has a simpel protection against unauthorised downloading.
Opera Software ASA
Opera Software ASA is the name of the Norwegian company that develops the excellent Web browser Opera.
However, the stealing of images, text, software i.e. on the Internet is a problem for serious web publishers and others. We believe strongly in a open Internet without or with small limitations but we need to have som basic rules. Not stealing is one of these according to us.
Opera Software ASA is curently not working together with other major web browser producers in making it possible by programming the browser to disable the right click function on the mouse.
Because of this we can not allow the use of the otherwise excellent Opera web browser on StockholmGamlaStan site.
We sincerely apologise for this inconvenience
The Chief Editor
NB: This is NOT a joke, the site says exactly that!
Unfortunately, that didn't quite help it seems, I'm guessing Opera users are of the criminal type and didn't stop stealing their pictures. So if you now try to enter their frontpage using Opera, they came up with a totally water-proof plan: They redirect people to http://www.opera.com. That should teach them! At least then they can only steal the Opera company's pictures!
All is well you think, people ought to be able to protect themselves, right? Fair enough, but then I realised, they are STEALING FROM ME!
When visiting the Stockholm site, they are actually stealing my User-Agent string and using it to spy on me and find out which browser, which operating system and which language I'm using! And not only that, they injected a cookie called PHPSESSID into my browser! Talk about Big Brother behaviour, this beats Google's "no evil" practices by far!
If anyone can help me with the details to the local police in Stockholm I'd like to report them for stealing and prying into my private life, plus hacking into my computer and placing possibly malware there.
 Stolen image from http://www.stockholmgamlastan.se:
NB: I was notified that also non-Opera users can steal images from http://stockholmgamlastan by going here: http://www.stockholmgamlastan.se/atttittapa.php?id=atttittapastart.
Of course, Opera users can circumvent this by going to the warning page, and set Opera to mask as Firefox or Internet Explorer with a couple of clicks too. So, I guess they need to secure their site a bit better. Oh well... security is not easy...